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Something keeps waking up my PC and I cant figure out what

  1. #11

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    windows 7

    Do you have office installed? I had the exact same problem and it took me a long time to get to the bottom of it. Turns out it was some obscure office updater, you can find it in the scheduler. I am not at my pc at the moment so I can't give you the exact name to look for. As soon as I get back I'll update my post.

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  2. #12

    I don't have Office installed but I will look at the scheduler to see if anything is in there that could be causing this.

    Haven't looked there yet.
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  3. #13

    There is nothing in the scheduler, at least that I could find. Should I be looking through the scheduler library or just on the top tab?

    Anyway, PC is still waking up. I have to now shut it down fully to keep it from powering on. So far nothing I have done has been able to stop it. Both Sleep and Hibernation have the machine randomly turn on at all times of the day.
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  4. #14

    Maryland USA
    Posts : 746
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot

    Lets think out the box for a sec..

    You disabled wake on magic packets

    did you check wake on pattern match?

    (I know you have the net cable unplugged, but pls check it anyway)

    The net card could be damaged in a way where its picking up spurious EM signals either from your PC itself or nearby.

    If its not too big of a hassle, remove the network card overnight and keep everything else unplugged as well such as the KB and mouse.

    If the NIC is built in then disable it .

    Lets go ghost hunting!


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  5. #15

    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,884
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    It may be some kind of virus or rootkit? Try TDSSkiller and Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit. Seeing as you have all of the legit ways for Windows to wake blocked off, time to look at all the illegitimate ways for this to happen.
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  6. #16

    Okay so here is where I am now, I just disabled the built in audio and network port on the motherboard, put W8 into hibernation, and unplugged everything but the power cord. It's just a case sitting at an angle from where it normally is and nothing else but the power. Now we wait to see when it wakes up.

    As for virus or rootkit, I doubt it but I'll run the scans anyway if it decides to come back online again after this.

    Is the pattern match part in the same power menu for the device?
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  7. #17

    Maryland USA
    Posts : 746
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot

    If you see a shadow pass you by, GET OUT OF THERE!!
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  8. #18

    I am going to need a young priest and an old priest.

    It's the only way I am going to keep this thing from waking up.
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  9. #19

    It woke up.

    Nothing plugged in, NIC disabled, and it woke up.

    Pushed the power button to put it to sleep again last night at 11. By 6 this morning it was awake again.
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  10. #20

    Posts : 65
    Viewing through Windows 7, me like-a-discuss 8 though

    You check-a the Scheduler of Task?

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